I Want To Be Happy

I Want To Be Happy

PROFILE
Composer Vincent Youmans
Lyricist Irving Caesar
Year Written 1925
About I Want To Be Happy
“I Want To Be Happy” is the other popular song from No, No Nanette (the other being “Tea For Two.”) It’s been steadily recorded over the years, including those by Bing Crosby, Red Nichols, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald and Sonny Rollins.

Lyrics

I want to be happy
But I won’t be happy
Till I make you happy, tooLife’s really worth living
When we are mirth-giving
Why can’t I give some to you?When skies are gray
And you say you are blue
I’ll send the sun smiling throughI want to be happy
But I won’t be happy
Till I make you happy, too

I’m a very ordinary man
Trying to work out life’s happy plan
Doing unto others as I’d like to have them
Doing unto me

Now when I find a very lonely soul
To be kind becomes my only goal
I feel so much better when I tell ‘em my philosophy

I want to be happy
But I won’t be happy
Till I make you happy, too

Life’s really worth living
When we are mirth-giving
Why can’t I give some to you?

When skies are gray
And you say you are blue
I’ll send the sun smiling through

I want to be happy
But I won’t be happy
Till I make you happy, too
happy, too
happy, too

Session / Album Information

1971-1

“I Want To Be Happy” was recorded on January 25, 1971 and released that year on the album Love Story.

This recording released on:

  • 1971: Columbia 45: 4-45376
  • 1971: CBS 45: S 7342
  • 1971: Columbia LP 12″: C 30558 — Love Story
  • 2011: Disc #41 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK40) Love Story

1971-2

“I Want To Be Happy” was recorded on January 31, 1971 and released that year on the album Get Happy with The London Philharmonic Orchestra. It was arranged by Ralph Burns.

This song was recorded as part of a medley with “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”

This recording released on:

  • 1971: Columbia LP 12″: C 30953 — Get Happy with The London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • 2011: Disc #42 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK41) Get Happy with The London Philharmonic Orchestra

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